Representing the 31st District
SACRAMENTO – California State Assemblymembers unanimously approved Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 39 declaring May 22 “Fight Against Cancer Day” in honor of the American Cancer Society’s 100th birthday.
Introduced by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), ACR 39 recognizes the tremendous contributions The American Cancer Society has made in fighting cancer for the past century.
SACRAMENTO — A bill that would prohibit sex offenders from living, working, or volunteering in foster homes or state licensed facilities that serve children under 18 years of age was approved by the Assembly today.
Assembly Bill (AB) 1108 introduced by Assemblymembers Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) and Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) along with Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), would make it a misdemeanor for any person required to register as a sex offender, to reside, work or volunteer in foster homes or facilities licensed by the State Department of Social Services or a county child welfare service agency. Offenders can be sentenced up to six months in county jail and/or fined up to $1,000.
“California’s fiscal health is on a steady path to recovery, but we must not lose sight of Californians’ values and priorities such as education. The Governor’s proposed Local Control Funding Formula would be a monumental change to how the State funds our schools because it targets additional resources to school districts that serve students with the greatest needs. As proposed, the funding formula would benefit schools with the highest percentage of low-income students and English Learners. In the Valley, this would be a turning point for students who have the potential to succeed in school, but have been lacking the support they need to achieve their goals.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) is pleased to announce that two companies in the 31st Assembly District will receive nearly $60,000 from the state to further employee training in order to remain competitive with out-of-state businesses.
Gar Tootelian, the sixth largest AG retailer in California, will receive $49,456, while Weed Man, a locally-owned lawn care company will receive $8,250 from Employment Training Panel (ETP).
SACRAMENTO – An Assembly Bill (AB) that would extend the sunset dates for three successful state programs created to improve air quality and ensure investment in clean transportation technology has been approved by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee with a vote of 6 to 2.
AB 8, the 2013 Clean Fuels Reauthorization Act, introduced by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) and Assembly Rules Chair, Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), would extend to January 1, 2024 the Carl Moyer Program, the local diesel emission reduction programs under AB 923 and the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program under AB 118.
AB 1309 Will Stop Abuse of Loophole Allowing Hundreds of Millions in Cash Workers’ Compensation Settlements to Non-California Players, Costing California Teams and Businesses
SACRAMENTO —Today, a bill to protect California’s Workers’ Compensation system from abuse of a costly loophole that has awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in cash settlements to out-of-state professional athletes was passed by the Assembly with a 61 to 4 vote.
Assembly Bill 1309, introduced by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) and co-authored by Assemblymember Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills), Senator Ted W. Lieu (D-Torrance) and Senator Mark Wyland (R-Escondido), would set clear jurisdictional standards on claims from professional athletes and close the loophole that currently allows out-of-state players to file non-specific injury (or “cumulative trauma”) claims in California, regardless of whether they played for a California team or ever actually entered a California field of play.
A Recent US EPA Report Unveiled a $455 Million Surplus Highlighting Need for Streamlined Oversight
SACRAMENTO – An Assembly Bill that would provide a fresh start for the management of California’s water quality programs was approved in the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee today on a 5 to 2 vote.
Assembly Bill 145, introduced by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), would create a consolidated and comprehensive strategy to ensure safe drinking water for California residents by moving all drinking water programs from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board).
SACRAMENTO – An Assembly Bill that would help the San Joaquin River Conservancy (Conservancy) enforce its regulations was passed in the Assembly Public Safety Committee today on a 6 to 0 vote.
AB 618, introduced by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), would make changes to current law to provide local agencies responsible for protecting the Conservancy lands with the tools needed to enforce rules and regulations enacted by the Conservancy Board.
SACRAMENTO – An Assembly Bill that would extend the tax relief on forgiveness of mortgage debt by conforming California law to federal law was passed in the Assembly Revenue & Taxation Committee today.
Assembly Bill 42, introduced by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), will provide continued state income tax relief to borrowers who have had mortgage debt forgiven by their lender.
SACRAMENTO – An Assembly Bill that would ensure that persons who call in anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers organizations can remain anonymous was passed on the Assembly Floor today with a 74 to 0 vote.
Assembly Bill 1250, introduced by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), would ensure that tip information provided to Crime Stoppers or any private, non-profit volunteer which is forwarded to a law enforcement agency will be covered by the privilege. As a result, both the “tip” itself and any and all records or documents of the tip would be protected under the privilege.
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Monday, July 16 2012
Small Businesses Can Cut Duplicate Paperwork with New Law
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that allows business owners to fill out one simple application to become a state-certified small business, eliminating the cost of filing duplicate documents with local officials. Assembly Bill 1783 will benefit the 3.5 million small businesses in California and reduce the workload of city and county staff who won't have to recertify small businesses already approved by the state. The new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2014. Read…
Friday, July 13 2012
Governor Signs Perea Bill Benefiting Small Business Owners
SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) announced Governor Jerry Brown signed his bill that will benefit the 3.5 million small businesses in California. AB 1783-One Stop Small Business Certification will let business owners fill out one simple application to become a state-certified small business, eliminating the cost of having to fill out the redundant documents with local officials. "Our small businesses are responsible for a huge part of our economy and this law will give…
Thursday, June 28 2012
New Law to Bring Costly Cancer Treatments Within Reach for California Patients Approved in Senate Health Committee
SACRAMENTO- Twenty states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to ensure cancer patients have affordable access to chemotherapy. The Access to Cancer Treatment Act, which would add California to that list, was approved in the Senate Health Committee late Wednesday. AB 1000-Access to Cancer Treatment Act, was introduced by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) and would increase access to life saving chemotherapy by requiring health plans and insurers to cover oral medication for…
Friday, June 15 2012
Assemblymember Perea resolution honoring Sikh American Appreciation Month approved
SACRAMENTO – On Friday the Senate approved a resolution introduced by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) designating November 2012 as California's Sikh Americans Awareness and Appreciation Month. In May the Assembly honored several members of the Sikh Council of Central California, including elected officials and business owners, for their significant contributions to our community. "Our Sikh neighbors represent an integral part of our economy in California and the Central Valley," Assemblymember Perea said. "I appreciate…
Friday, June 15 2012
Assemblymember Perea Comments on Passage of State Budget
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) made the following statement after the Assembly and Senate voted Friday to send a balanced budget to Governor Brown: “As we continue to battle with a sluggish economy, there are no easy cuts left to make. This budget closes the $20 billion structural deficit California was facing 18 months ago and includes some major cuts to important programs. It spares our most vulnerable citizens from drastic cuts to…
Wednesday, June 13 2012
Senate Budget Committee Follows Assembly Budget Lead
Funding for Veterans’ Homes Now Rests with the Governor SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) announced Wednesday the Senate Budget Committee followed the Assembly’s lead yesterday by approving $10.6 million be allocated to begin partial opening of the Fresno and Redding Veterans Homes. “The Legislature is sending a clear message to the Governor that our veterans are a priority,” Assemblymember Perea said. “This fight is not over yet. Today’s caravan to the Fresno Veterans’ Home…
Tuesday, June 12 2012
Bill to Keep Foster Children Safe from Registered Sex Offenders Approved in Senate Committee
SACRAMENTO- A proposed bill that would update current laws to prevent registered sex offenders from living, working or volunteering in state-licensed facilities like daycares and foster homes was approved in the Senate Human Services Committee Tuesday. “It was eye opening to learn that current state law does not make it clear that it is against the law for a registered sex offender to be at a state-licensed facility where children are cared for,” Assemblymember Perea…
Monday, June 11 2012
Assemblymember Perea Honors Owners of Popular Fresno Food Truck in Sacramento Monday
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) will honor the husband and wife team who run one of Fresno’s most popular food trucks in Sacramento on Monday as part of California Small Business Day. Chefs Dustin & Kristin Stewart of Dusty Buns Bistro Bus were selected for the honor by Assemblymember Perea for their entrepreneurial spirit and drive to create incredible, locally-grown, organic food. “Dustin and Kristin have built a huge following in the Central…
Thursday, May 31 2012
Bill Seeking Water Quality Improvements for Small Towns Approved on Assembly Floor
SACRAMENTO - A bill to help communities gain access to clean drinking water was approved on the Assembly floor Thursday. Assembly Bill 2238-Regional Water Solutions was introduced by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) and would encourage studies on the consolidation of water systems in small towns to be utilized by the Department of Public Health (CDPH) as a way to improve access to clean and affordable water and wastewater services. "People living in small towns…
Thursday, May 31 2012
Editorial: Equalization board needs to go on the record
The California Board of Equalization is a bit like a court, as it adjudicates taxpayer disputes that can involve millions and tens of millions of dollars. In fact, the board's members are politicians who have been termed out of the Legislature or are seeking higher office. And unlike actual courts, the five-member board has fallen in the habit of failing to explain its reasoning in published opinions for all to see. Assembly Revenue and Taxation…
Perea Legislation Will Hold Delinquent Taxpayers Accountable
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) has introduced Assembly Bill 1424 which, if signed into law, will provide the Franchise Tax Board more tools that it needs to collect funds from delinquent taxpayers. Every year, the State Franchise Tax Board puts together a list of the Top 250 taxpayers with state income tax liens who owe more than $100,000. Those currently on the Top 250 list owe a combined $180 million to the state. "The people on this list all owe the state $100,000 or more and they continue to buy their vacation homes and expensive cars," Assemblymember Perea said. "If the debtors on the Top 250 List all paid what they owe today, the state could use those funds to restore Adult Day Health Care and provide services to the 31,000 Senior Citizens in our state." Here's more from Assemblymember Perea in this Assembly Access video.
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